Welcome to the Information and Library Science Department
On August 4, the ILS Department at Southern will host a "Meet and Greet" for the Cohort
who began the program in Spring of 2015, those who have been accepted into the program
for Fall of 2015, and those of you who have an application pending for the program.
The purpose will be for you all to be able to place a face with the name of your colleagues,
and also to meet faculty who have been and will be instructing you. For those of
you who have not received full acceptance yet, but may have questions, it is a good
time to have them answered
It will be from 6:00-7:30pm on August 4 in the Adanti center, room 308. Refreshments will be served.
Explore the field of information. Discover a career in information and cultural institutions.
The Information and Library Science Department offers:
- B.S. in Information Management and Services
- Connecticut Certification as a School Media Specialist, accredited by NCATE
- Sixth Year Diploma in Information Studies
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning, leading to the M.L.S. degree, licensed and accredited by the Board of Governors, Dept. of Higher Education, State of Connecticut
In 1940, Connecticut's first credit courses in library education were offered at Yale University under the auspices of Connecticut's four-year state colleges. This arrangement continued until the State Board of Education authorized a comprehensive undergraduate degree program in library science at Southern in 1946. In 1954, the board authorized the master's degree program.
Today, Southern's information and library science programs continue the tradition of a solid experience in library science while offering an array of electives such as digital libraries, information architecture, network management, and instructional design.
Electives allow students to prepare for professional positions in public libraries,
academic libraries, special libraries, and school media library centers, as well as
non-traditional information careers. Offerings of all core courses and a large array
of electives through online study have permitted students from across the country
and around the world to complete a Master of Library Science through Southern.
ILS: Carrying tradition into the future
As you begin to explore the degrees offered by the Department of Information and Library
Science, you may want to learn as much as you can about the broader information and
You may want to begin with a general overview of library and information science Education & Careers (American Library Association).
A number of information organizations (ALA, ASIS&T, ACM, ALISE) maintain extensive websites that will help in gaining a broader perspective of the information field:
- AAM Home American Association of Museums
- ALA Home American Library Association ("The Voice of American Libraries")
- ASIS&T Home American Society for Information Science & Technology ("The Information Society for the Information Age")
- ACM Home Association for Computing Machinery ("The First Society in Computing")
- ALISE Home Association for Library and Information Science Education ("Promoting excellence in library and information science education")
- AAMC Home Association of Art Museum Curators
- ACM Home Association of Children's Museums
- ALA-APA Home ALA-Allied Professional Association
- NPS Home National Parks Service
- SAA Home Society of American Archivists
Last updated: August 25, 2014